LISD designates Leyendecker Elementary as newcomer center

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Leyendecker Elementary was designated for the immigrant students, but so far, they say none have registered.

Leyendecker Elementary was designated for the immigrant students, but so far, they say none have registered.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - It's that time of year once again. Parents are coming to LISD's campuses to register their children. Perla Infante is registering her son for the first time.

“I'm super nervous, I don't know, It's the first time I'm bringing my son to school.”

Registering new students every year is nothing new to Laredo ISD. But the school district had no idea when they opened registration this year if the immigration surge would impact enrollment. So far, no immigrant families have enrolled.

“None. Only one family that have asked some questions from El Salvador, but only that one family.”

The immigrant families that are homeless would qualify for enrollment in any school district under the Mckinney-Vento Homeless Act passed in the 1980's. Laredo ISD has trained staff placed at Leyendecker Elementary School just in case. They chose Leyendecker because it is next to bus stops and easy to access. Designating one campus for these students will also allow the district to better help these students.

“For example, to provide some type of assistance with uniforms, the dress code we have required, with school supplies. Maybe counseling, making them feel more comfortable.”


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